HIKE TO HERMAN LAKE

  • July 20, 2013 · 9:30 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

The popular hike to Herman Lake starts on an old sawmill road through thick forest. The trail then wanders through fields of colorful wildflowers with spectacular views of the Continental Divide. Most of the trail doubles as a section of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. A last steep pitch takes you to treeline where the trail levels on the final stretch to Herman Lake below Pettingell Peak.
The trail doubles as a section of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. A last steep pitch takes you to treeline where the trail levels on the final stretch to Herman Lake below Pettingell Peak.
This is a 6.7 miles out and back with a High Moderate/Low Difficult hiking rating. Beginning elevation is around 10,300 ft with an elevation gain of 1,700 ft.
The trailhead is located in off Interstate l-70 exit 218. Turn right if coming from the east or left if coming from the west. Make a sharp right turn onto the dirt frontage road and then drive .2 miles into the parking lot.
Herman Hassel, an early timber operator in the area, supposedly named herman Gulch after himself. While timber may have been Herman’s ambition, today wildflowers aficionados consider this trail a “100 wildflower” or “century” hike because of the possibility of seeing about a hundred different flower species during peak bloom in July.
After the junction at mile .2, the Herman Gulch Trail climbs through lodge-pole pine, spruce and fir above the creek in Herman Gulch. Buffaloberry bushes, willows, common junipers, various berry bushes, strawberries, fireweed and dandelions line the trail along with white geraniums, arrowleaf senercio, monkshood, little red elephants and cinquefoil blooming near the creek at .6 miles. We will also see various members of the gentian family; purple fringe; and paintbrushes of different hues of yellow, magenta and red.
Fact: Plants and flowers are smaller at this elevation.
The path is generally well maintained with stone steps in places, although there is an occasional mud spot.
In case you’re late I have provided trail directions. Take your time, have a good hike and do your best to catch up.
Start at Herman Gulch at .2 miles turn left onto Herman Gulch Trail #98. The trail crosses many avalanche paths at around .8 miles and then at 1.1 miles the trail crosses into a meadow. At 2.5 miles the trail crosses a creek where we’ll come to a jct. Take a left to climb up to Herman Lake where we’ll come to another jct. Take a right and head down to the lake.  We'll stop to rest at the lake and have something to eat.
Have a great day!
Lisa

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  • Julio

    Excellent landscapes and flowers

    July 20, 2013

  • Julio

    Im running a little late I'm not going to make to the parking lot I'm riding my mc

    July 20, 2013

  • Julio

    I'll be at woolly mammoth at 8:30 am

    July 19, 2013

    • Tim H

      see you at Mammoth BB

      July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Man, I would of loved for this to have been my frst hike with you guys! But for now I work graveyards and ya'll are meeting up 2hrs after i get off my 9hr shift :( so, Have a great time everyone, be safe and I hope to meet you all soon, :) C.B.

    July 20, 2013

  • Lisa

    Sorry everyone. I've decided that I don't want to leave my puppy for the day....she's just doing "okay". Please enjoy yourselves!

    July 19, 2013

  • Connie

    I was looking forward to hiking with this group for my first time but it looks like it's not going to work out this weekend. This looks like a beautiful hike...enjoy! Hope to join you soon.

    July 18, 2013

  • Brigitte C.

    Nice hike it looks like... will have to cancel it until next time 'round

    July 18, 2013

  • David C.

    Unexpected problem surging. Cant make it.

    July 18, 2013

  • karen

    Does anyone know how many miles Exit 218 is from Golden ? I tried pro trails and it said "north of Bakerville" but where is that? mapquest was no help :-) thanks !

    July 11, 2013

    • Lisa

      Hi Karen. If this helps it is the last exit before you get to the Eisenhower tunnel....maybe 5 to 10 minutes from the tunnel.

      July 15, 2013

    • karen

      thanks and I actually found a map of mine with the trail and lake on it :=)

      July 18, 2013

  • Lisa

    Since I may not be attending. I'm opening this hike to everyone.

    July 17, 2013

  • Lisa

    Hi Everyone!
    Unfortunately, I had to admit my dog to the ER/ICU today. She's doing very well but I am doubtful that I will want to leave her for several hours on Saturday to do this hike. I please invite everyone to take it without me! Everyone can just meet at the trailhead. Please allow about an extra 15 minutes before you head out in case someone got lost or is running a bit late. Hopefully I will see you but if not enjoy this incredible hike!

    July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sure hoping that there will be room.

    July 9, 2013

  • Tim H

    Car pool from Woolly Mammoth BB Leave parking lot at 8:30 AM?

    1 · July 2, 2013

    • Joyce

      I would like to carpool and meet you at the parking lot. Thanks!

      July 6, 2013

    • Bonnie Z.

      Room for one more?

      July 8, 2013

  • Tonnie

    Carpooling sounds good to me too - Is there a special part of the lot? This is the lot in Morrison right?

    July 2, 2013

    • Tim H

      Yes right across the street from the gas station and coffee shop

      July 2, 2013

    • Tonnie

      Thanks - see you there!

      July 4, 2013

  • Orson

    my PERSONAL favorite!

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd this opens up would love to carpool!

    July 3, 2013

  • Tammy

    Count me in! I'll meet you at Wooly Mammoth PnR at 8:30

    July 2, 2013

  • MelHiker

    Anyone coming from Boulder?

    July 2, 2013

  • Kathy M.

    Great hike, looking forward to it!

    July 1, 2013

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